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Adaptations & Modifications of the English language

Course Duration:  9 hours - 3 hours

“One in five 15-year-olds are not achieving baseline standards in reading, literacy and mathematics.”

(EU Skills Panorama, 2014)

One of the Learning Support Educator’s roles is to assist students in the core competencies. Therefore, the LSE needs to collaborate with the principal teacher to adapt the teaching material according to a particular student’s needs. In other cases, specific students may need prompting and second explanations. 

Since Malta's education system is mainly in English, the LSE needs to be fluent in this language in order to assist students effectively.

This module is intended to teach the main developments in linguistics as well as language teaching theories. Furthermore, it also explores the relationship between linguistic theory and language pedagogy.


  1. Defining the principles of linguistics

  2. English language linguistics

  3. Curriculum and LOFs

  4. Phonics, syntax, pragmatics & semantics

  5. Teaching English at various levels

  6. Language formation and articulation in relation to dyslexia and dysgraphia.

Overall competences

During this module, our students will:

  1. Learn the fundamentals of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

  2. Analyse the sound & grammatical systems of the English language.

  3. Examine the structure and function of language as used in ordinary discourse.

  4. Compare and contrast different languages (mainly Maltese and English) in terms of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

  5. Identify the challenges encountered by students with dyslexia, dysgraphia and other learning difficulties when it comes to learning different languages.

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